Barbara Dougan's eight sugar cube sculptures were made for the film 'Sweet Equivalence' vimeo.com/447787836, and have been placed outside eight takeaways and cafes in the centre of Bury St Edmunds. The responses are by Tim Welton and Phil Barrett.
The Animus Came in Three by Four
Instantly animate, endlessly shimmering,
Using Blighty’s distant empire’s number system.
Once dull as earth now leached pure white they drill on pink
Albion’s afternoon prandial pleasantry.
Long after the Cubists
had demolished the world
Carl Andre set about
rebuilding it –
brick by brick.
Simple as a
using sugar lumps,
the same number
of identical units
(lumps or cubes),
and piling them
in different symmetrical
configurations or stacks.
How many different
can you make,
with the same number
of bricks or cubes,
forming perfect ‘Equivalents’?
Or as Marcel Duchamp put it
‘Why not Sneeze Rose Sélavy?’ – *
neither he nor Carl Andre
sweetening the taste
for modern art.
* Why not Sneeze Rose Sélavy? is an 'assisted Readymade', of 1921 by Marcel Duchamp. The birdcage has been 'assisted' by the addition of the other objects – including 152 white cubes (made of marble, but resembling sugar cubes).
Barbara Dougan is an artist working mainly with film, a curator (grove, groving) and visual arts consultant.
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Tim Welton is a theatre practitioner who, as an actor and director has worked on numerous productions including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Royal National Theatre) London Road (Royal National Theatre) Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick Theatre) and Cabaret (Lyric and Savoy Theatre and National Tours). He has written for theatre (Carnival UK) and online digital media (BBC Radio Jam), and a new musical commission with Three Pin Productions, the brainchild of West End Performer Ruthie Henshall and Musical Director Paul Schofield. Twitter @timwelton https://uk.linkedin.com/in/tim-welton-3711742b
Originally trained as a visual artist, Phil Barrett has won prizes and commendations in a number of national competitions; has read, and led creative writing workshops, for adults and children, in 35 schools and 10 libraries. In 2017, 2019 & 2020 he has had poems selected for Poems in the Waiting Room. He is a professional member of NAWE.
I am an artist and the curator for grove and groving. This blog is groving online, and records the artworks placed on the streets of Bury St Edmunds along with responses to the work by commissioned writers.